The process

This weekend I came up with a new quilt design and I got inspired to sew…

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I picked out the fabrics.

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Got a really good start on it… loads of cutting and started getting there with the piecing.

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It was looking really pretty.

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My kid was super impressed.

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And then…just as I was getting in my groove…

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Yeah. No, that blue line doesn’t line up at all. Sigh. Seam ripper time… It’s all part of the process, right??

Tomorrow I’m headed to Quilt Market for the weekend. My first quick get away since having the baby. It’s gonna be loads of fun!

Worked on the next month of The Traveling Quilts this weekend. I’m all caught up now which is great!

This time it’s Jacquie’s quilt that I was working on. I received this:

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Jacquie wanted everyone to “add as much color as you’d like” but I straight up couldn’t follow directions at all. You can call me boring, but I just had to add some calm open negative space to the already very colorful and lively improv-ed panel.

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I added some interest by continuing the white and grey stripes from the center panel. I know it appears to be off square in the photo, but it’s not. I was actually pretty pleased with my execution of this but Gabe seems pretty bored with it, huh??

One other bit of business. I’ll be back in New Hampshire visiting family in a couple of weeks, so I’ll be speaking to the Seacoast and Boston Modern Quilt Guilds on November 3rd! Maybe you want to come? All of the details are here.

Some sewing!

I actually fit some in this weekend! I have found that long periods of time away from the sewing machine tend to make it harder for me to commit my free time to sewing because I’m out of the swing of it. I miss it, but I’m not used to spending my days back in the sewing room… I need to get out of that mind frame though because once I’m there, I love it!

Remember this design? Well I finished the quilt top!

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It’s queen sized and I’m really happy with how it came out. Oh how I love solids. I need to do some serious destashing of a lot of my prints – I’m rarely drawn to most of them anymore…

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Now to get to the next steps! I’ve settled on how I’m going to quilt it, and it’s going to take forever because it’s (of course) dense straight line quilting. I’ve never done that on a quilt this big before – wish me luck!

Traveling Quilts

I got another bit of the Traveling Quilts done this weekend.  Faith’s calling her quilt “Constellations” so people have been making star blocks for her.  I’m not so into the traditional star look, so this was definitely a challenge for me.

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Improv. piecing a star with a couple of Y seams? Not so easy for me! Needless to say, the seam ripper was used a lot on this one!

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I added more negative space to make it more asymmetrical as the star itself turned out a bit less wonky than I was shooting for.

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Here it is with all of the other blocks people have made. Hope mine can find a little spot of its own in the finished quilt!

Pink Greater Than

Finished up a little baby girl quilt!  Named it Pink Less Greater Than (my math memory is definitely less than great and I got it backwards! Name adjusted!) because it looks kinda like a greater than symbol.

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I made this block…

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…for my Modern Block of the Month awhile back and I wanted to make a whole quilt version. I foresee more exploration of this design in the future.

I had fun with the quilting on this one.

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I echoed the piecing with straight lines in gray and then I filled in the piecing with vertical straight lines in pink.

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I was happy with how it came out!

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All 12 blocks from the Sew, Mama, Sew! Modern Block of the MonthAnd speaking of my Modern Block of the Month, I’m going to be teaching all 12 blocks over the course of a year at Sew Modern! Every second Saturday of the month, from 2pm to 5pm.

You can either sign up for the whole year, or just one month at a time!